Chimpanzee escapes from exhibit at Honolulu Zoo, again

May 16, 2017 GMT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Zoo is holding all its chimpanzees in their pen until staff can access the exhibit’s wall after a chimp named Puiwa escaped for the second time in three years.

Puiwa scaled a wall Sunday that separated eight chimps from aviaries before jumping off the wall into a holding area. The chimp could have gone into the aviary walkthrough with zoo visitors, but did not, city spokesman Andrew Pereira said.

Puiwa was recaptured within 10 minutes of leaving the exhibit.

“He was on the back wall of the exhibit outside of the security area, he was running around kind of scared,” said Jeremy Hanson, who was at the zoo with his family.


The animal keepers ushered the public away from the surrounding area until Puiwa had been put back into its pen.

“I think the zoo handled it professionally and they ushered everybody in, they stayed professional about it,” Hanson said.

Puiwa escaped from the exhibit in 2014 as well.